NHL Game Summary - Boston at NY Rangers
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Boston 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Petr Prucha had a goal and an assist and Ville Nieminen scored for the Rangers, who have won two straight after losing the previous two games.
Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in net and made 32 saves for his eighth victory of the season.
Glen Murray and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, who have now lost six straight games. Hannu Toivonen had 29 saves in the defeat.
Both teams had 13 shots in the first period but were unable to put any in the net.
The Rangers lit the lamp first with a goal by Prucha. Blair Betts forced a turnover on the right boards and the puck went to Jagr. He made a pass to Prucha in the slot and his one-timer went over Toivonen's glove and into the net 2:02 into the second period.
Lundqvist made a big save on a Rangers power play halfway through the second period. Bergeron got an outlet pass at mid-ice and skated in for a shorthanded breakaway. He went to the backhand and appeared to have an open net, but Lundqvist flopped his left arm down and stopped the puck.
The Bruins finally got on the scoreboard with a goal by Murray. Joe Thornton brought the puck around the net and made a pass to Murray at the left circle. His one-timer went between Lundqvist's left arm and the post just 38 seconds into the last period.
New York got the lead back on a power-play goal. Martin Straka made a pass from behind the net to Jagr on the right side. Jagr skated out to the right circle and sent a wrist shot that went between the right elbow and chest of Toivonen at the 6:16 mark.
"The power play is a big part of the hockey game," said Jagr. "But after the first part of the game I didn't think we were going to have any power plays, it was such a clean game and the referees didn't call anything. When we scored on the power play I think it decided the game."
The Rangers made it a 3-1 game just 2:26 later. Jagr brought the puck into the Bruins zone and flipped a pass to Nieminen. He charged to the net from the right boards and shot it from point-blank range. Nieminen's first shot was saved, but he stuffed the rebound in for his fourth goal of the season.
However, the Bruins made it a one-goal game just 50 seconds later on the power play. Alexei Zhamnov made a pass from down low to Jiri Slegr in the high slot. Slegr immediately sent the puck to Bergeron low in the left circle and he one- timed it in with 10:28 left in the game.
"End to end lots of shots it was hormone hocky at its best," said Rangers coach Tom Renney. "I thought tonight's game might have been entertaining, but for a coach it was a nightmare."
The Bruins, though, were unable to get the equalizer and the Rangers gave the home crowd a victory.
"I thought this was one of our better efforts, I really did," said Bruins coach Mike Sullivan. "I thought we did a lot of positive things out there. We are fighting through this and its a process, there's a fine line between winning and losing and I thought we took a step forward."
Boston will visit Toronto on Wednesday...The game went 29:37 without a penalty, which was the longest to start a game this season...The Rangers will travel to Buffalo for a game on Tuesday...Of the 19 goals Jagr has scored this season, 11 have come on the power play...The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the power play. Boston went 1-for-2 with the man advantage...Jagr's goal tied him with Johnny Bucyk for 18th place on the NHL all-time goal scoring list with 556.
11/20 23:23:40 ET